N10bn probe: Alison-Madueke, NNPC file fresh suit against National Assembly

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, yesterday, instituted a fresh legal action against the two chambers of the National Assembly, challenging their powers to probe allegations that she spent N10 billion on chartered private jets.The Minister filed the suit on a day the House Committee on Public Accounts invited the her, the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, and Federal Airports Authority, FAAN, to appear before it on June 15 to explain their roles in the alleged N10 billion jet scam.

Northern Govs lambast FG, Maku over comments

Governors under the aegis of Northern Governors Forum have lambasted the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, over his recent comments on the insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country, describing the statement credited to Maku after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday as unfortunate.Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu, reacting to the statement at the opening of a one-day meeting of Federal and State Government’s Security Administrators in Minna, said if the views expressed by the minister was the opinion of the Federal Government “it is very uncharitable, it is more than unfortunate.”

Lagos releases 88 babies for adoption, rescues 2,217 destitutes

Lagos State Government on Thursday said it has released about 88 babies for local and international adoptions in the last one year.Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Youth and Social Development, Dr. Dolapo Badru who disclosed this at a press briefing in Lagos said the state government released the babies after screening over 1,200 applicants for adoption.

Maidservant of Hausa/Fulani Oby Ezekwesili, #BringBackOurGirls activists stopped from accessing Aso Presidential Villa

One-time Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, and the #BringBackOurGirls coalition have been prevented from accessing the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.Through to their threat, the activists dressed in red attire gathered at the Unity Fountain, from where they set out for the Presidential Villa after being addressed by their leaders.However, their wish to see President Goodluck Jonathan and directly hear from him on efforts being made to the rescue of the over 200 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, became dashed when they were stopped in front of Eagle Square by a long line of security operatives.

United Nations blacklists Boko Haram terrorists as terror group

UNITED NATIONS  (AFP) – The United Nations blacklisted and imposed sanctions on Boko Haram as an Al-Qaeda-linked terror group Thursday, a month after it claimed the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls.The designation, which was immediately welcomed by Britain and the United States, came into effect after no objections were raised by the Security Council’s 15 members.The move subjects Boko Haram to UN sanctions, including an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban.The group, which was created 10 years ago, demands the creation of an Islamic state in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria. Their attacks have left thousands dead since 2009.

Gunmen kidnap Anambra ex- commissioner, demands N16m

By EMMANUEL UZOR, Onitsha …As police foil bizman’s kidnap in Onitsha The former Commis­sioner for Science and Technology under former Gov­ernor Peter Obi’s admin­istration, Mr. Chike Okoli has been kidnapped by un­known gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Agulu, Anaocha Local Govern­ment Area of Anambra State. This was just as po­licemen foiled another at­tempt to…

THIRTEEN ODD Igbo groups meet in Enugu, back Jonathan on handling of insurgency.

THIRTEEN Igbo groups rose from a meeting in Enugu yesterday declaring their support for the measures being adopted by President Goodluck Jonathan in tackling insurgency caused by the Islamist group, Boko Haram in the country.After reviewing the present state of affairs in the country, the groups noted in an 11-point communiqué that the mindless pillorying…

Insecurity Poor funding affecting military operations

Authorities of the Nigerian Army, yesterday, raised alarm over the negative impact of inadequate funding for military operations currently going on in the North-East and other parts of the country, noting that the development needed to be addressed urgently.Chief of Accounts and Budget of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Abdullah Muraina disclosed this in Jos, yesterday, even as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Kenneth Minimah who spoke in a similar tone said that ethno-religious crisis and terrorism has left serious financial demand on the Nigeria Army.